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Lacquered wood and silver with gold, silver, and color sprinkled powder (maki-e)
Lillian M. Kern Memorial Fund 2020.67.a
The moody, glamorous look of the box is an excellent example of reconsidering classical seasonal motifs.
The close-up design and stylization of the hydrangea-blossom motif on this writing box are a modern extension of the reconsidering of classical seasonal imagery that was a main feature of Rinpa school aesthetics from the mid-1600s to mid-1800s.
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